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New York's high school graduation rate continued to edge upward in 2019, but the gap between white students and students of color remains "significant."

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All four of Ontario's major teacher unions have now announced job action over what they say are stalled contract talks with the province.

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A judge has blocked New York State from enforcing an executive order banning flavored vaping products, but advocates say they will continue to lobby the state legislature to prevent sales.

Two Albion teenagers charged with plotting to attack their middle school with guns and explosives have pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

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Lawyers for an ex-U.S. congressman say he is humbled and remorseful after pleading guilty to conspiracy in an insider trading scheme and should face no time behind bars.

Democrats are opening the door to changes on New York's bail reform law as the legislative session begins this week. New York's bail law, which went into effect at the beginning of the year, did away with money bail and pretrial detention for a wide majority of low-level cases and nonviolent felonies. Law enforcement officials and Republicans have spent months raising red flags on the changes, but their criticism caught more fervor in the last week as courts across the state have released people who would have remain behind bars under the old rules.

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New York lawmakers are set to return to Albany this week for the start of the new legislative session, and a second year of near-total control of state government by Democrats.

During last year’s session, Democrats — who wrested control of the state Senate from Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections — passed a tsunami of bills long desired by liberals. This year, they are set to tackle complicated and weedy topics that have yet to pass, including paid surrogacy, aid-in-dying and a single-payer health care system.

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Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills can finally look ahead to making their playoff preparations knowing they're headed to Houston next weekend.

New York's governor has vetoed a bill to allow electric scooters and bikes statewide, his office said Thursday.

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Churches, youth groups, and schools were hit by a tsunami of lawsuits in 2019 after New York gave survivors of childhood sexual abuse a one-year window to sue over allegations ordinarily barred by statutes of limitation. Now, some lawmakers want to open the same window for people abused as adults, a move that could lay a pathway for people to file additional lawsuits against some high-profile men targeted in the #MeToo movement.

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There is still some some uncertainty about how nurse practitioners and midwives are affected by a law that was supposed to expand the number of New York health care providers who can perform abortions.

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New York's governor says convicted sex offenders should be required to disclose their social media screen names to prevent them from using apps to exploit children.

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New York's governor wants to eliminate the so-called "pink tax." Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday he will push legislation banning gender-based price disparities for similar goods and services.

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Tom Brady passed for 271 yards and a touchdown, sneaked for a third-down conversion to set up another score and threw a downfield block on another scoring drive to help the New England Patriots clinch their 11th AFC East title in a row by beating Buffalo 24-17 on Saturday.

Government Justice Center

A conservative good government group is suing to block a pay hike that would place Gov. Andrew Cuomo among the nation's highest paid governors.

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Former Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy and his girlfriend have reached a settlement in a home invasion lawsuit she filed against him.

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario's auditor general says nearly 70,000 patients  - or six in every 100 - are injured while receiving care in Ontario's hospitals each year and called for immediate government action to help reduce that number.

Buffalo Bills

Cole Beasley savored a little extra time on the field with his former teammates after what had to be one of the most satisfying days of the Buffalo receiver's career. And to think he didn't even have the most noteworthy play for the Bills' pass-catchers.

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Former Buffalo Bills coach and Michigan State player Henry "Hank" Bullough has died at 85.

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Buffalo's four sacks in a 20-3 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday that has the Bills off to their best start in 23 years.

A lawyer assisting a Grand Island man sentenced to five years in prison for voicemails he left for two Republican members of Congress said the man maintains his messages were not meant as threats.

NEW YORK (AP & WXXI News) — GateHouse closed its $1.1 billion takeover of USA Today publisher Gannett, becoming the country's largest newspaper company by far and pledging significant cost cuts at a time when print publications are in precipitous decline. Gannett owns the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Gatehouse is based in Perinton, and its local holdings include suburban papers such as the Daily Messenger, along with The Daily Record and The Rochester Business Journal.

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Josh Allen tied a career high with three touchdown passes and ran for another score Sunday to help the Buffalo Bills complete a season sweep of the Miami Dolphins by winning 37-20.

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Ontario is starting to merge the province's major health agencies such as Cancer Care Ontario and eHealth under one umbrella and firing the CEOs of nine Local Health Integration Networks.

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New York has now raised the minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21 years old, from 18. The law, which went into effect today, "is going to save thousands of lives," said Dr. Andrew Hyland, Chair of the Department of Health Behavior for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Great Lakes Fishery Commission

Officials say populations of fish-killing sea lamprey remain at near-historic lows in Lakes Ontario and Michigan, but are above target levels in Lakes Erie, Huron and Superior.

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Sportsnet has cut ties with "Hockey Night in Canada" broadcaster Don Cherry. Rogers Sportsnet President Bart Yabsley said in a statement Monday that after discussions with Cherry "it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down.''

Buffalo Bills

Baker Mayfield threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins with 1:44 left as the Cleveland Browns snapped a four-game losing streak — and took some pressure off first-year coach Freddie Kitchens — with a 19-16 win on Sunday over the Buffalo Bills.

New York State Park Police

Rescuers pulled a man from rushing, frigid water less than 100 yards from the brink of Niagara Falls Thursday.

New York State Education Department

The State of New York has named who will lead its education agency as it searches for a new commissioner.

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